There was a tree (Gustav Holst)

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  • CPDL #28412:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif Network.png (Overture)
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2013-02-26).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Piano reduction not included.
  • (Posted 2016-05-09)   CPDL #39616:     
Editor: Peter Kaplan (submitted 2016-05-09).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 2.93 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: With piano reduction for rehearsal only.

General Information

Title: There was a tree
Composer: Gustav Holst

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB with very occasional divisi
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1917

Description: A Hampshire Folksong - one of six partsongs by Holst classified as folksong arrangements.

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Original text and translations

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There was a tree all in the woods,
As fine a tree as ever you did see,
For the tree was in the woods,
And the woods lie in the valley below.

There was a limb all on the tree,
As fine a limb as ever you did see,
For the limb was on the tree,
And the tree was in the woods,
And the woods lie in the valley below.

There was a bough all on the tree,
As fine a bough as ever you did see,
For the bough was on the limb,
And the limb was on the tree,
And the tree was in the woods,
And the woods lie in the valley below.

There was a bird all on the tree,
The finest bird that ever you did see,
For the bird was on the bough,
And the bough was on the limb,
And the limb was on the tree,
And the tree was in the woods,
And the woods lie in the valley below.